Future Possibilities for Tech and Health Humanities: Insights from Intersectional Feminism

Authors: Courtney Donovan*, San Francisco State University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Gender
Keywords: heath humanities, digital health, technology, intersectional feminism,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Washington 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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For the most part, health humanities has evaluated technology as object of analysis, rather than identifying it as an avenue for reconfiguring and redeploying newer opportunities to address health and health care. The relative absence of tech in health humanities work suggests a sensitivity to the initial reasons that spurred on health humanities work in the first place; in particular, patients’ feelings of dehumanization and alienation in clinical encounters, brought on by the demands of healthcare systems. Yet, the apparent reluctance of health humanities to engage with technologies does a significant disservice to a vibrant field that has been oriented towards using creativity and aesthetics to disrupt conventions in the health sciences. In this presentation, I explore ways in which concerns over tech can be productively addressed in health humanities. I contend that intersectional feminist theories are particularly helpful for guiding the development of new strategies that maintain the spirit of health humanities as critical, and emancipatory, while also allowing health humanists to be forward thinking.

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